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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume 17

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Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 focuses on Nanami Momozono, a high school student who becomes a kami at the land god’s shrine after the land god gives her a kiss on the forehead and bestows on her the power of a kami. Nanami has two familiars serving her: Tomoe the fox demon and a snake incarnation named Mizuki. Nanami has fallen in love with Tomoe, but he still seems to have feelings for Yukiji, a woman he met 500 years ago. When Nanami discovers that Tomoe has been inflicted with a curse because of a contract he made with a fallen kami in the past, she goes back in time to try to find out how to lift the curse.

Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 cover

Kamisama Kiss Volume 17

Written by: Julietta Suzuki
Publisher: Hakusensha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 3, 2015
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Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 sees Mikage, the land god, sending Nanami back to the past one last time so she can witness the sprouting of the seeds she’s sown by going back to the past the previous two times. When she returns to the past, she finds the fallen kami and sees what happened to Yukiji and Tomoe after she left.

This section of Volume 17 was very eye-opening to me as a reader. It allowed me to finally see the truth about what happened all those years ago with Tomoe and Yukiji, and an important fact was revealed about Nanami. When I saw what this fact was and the explanation for it, I thought that perhaps this was something I should have somehow picked up on earlier in the series. While I won’t outright say what the revelation was, I will say that this fact explains why Yukiji and Nanami have similarities in their appearance.

After witnessing what happened in the past, Nanami figures out what she needs to do in order to break the fallen kami’s curse. When Nanami returns to the present, she goes out in search of a particular object that is the proof of Tomoe’s contract. She finds it, the curse is lifted, and the end of Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 gives the impression that there’s a happy ending for the two of them. But the series isn’t over yet, so I expect that some kind of obstacle will end up disrupting the relationship that Tomoe and Nanami are starting to build here.

I enjoyed reading Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 so much that I didn’t want to put it down. All of the pieces about Tomoe, Nanami, Yukiji, and the curse fall into place over the course of this volume, and it seemed like that with each chapter, more and more was finally coming together. As a reader who’s been following Kamisama Kiss since Volume One, I was both happy and satisfied with how the story was progressing and with how the answers to so many questions were presented throughout this volume.

While I have to admit that the art style in Kamisama Kiss doesn’t really have much to make it stand out from other shojo manga series, the strength of the story makes up for that. Suzuki has created such compelling characters that the reader becomes engrossed in the story and can easily overlook the fact that the art is more on the average side.

I would recommend Kamisama Kiss to readers who enjoy shojo manga with romance and hints of supernatural elements. Longtime readers of the series will really enjoy reading Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 in order to find out the resolution to Nanami’s mission to free Tomoe from his curse.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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